Series of Events Scheduled Surrounding
Martin Luther King
Posted January 8, 2002
HOLLAND -- Hope College will present its 12th
annual commemorative service and keynote address in memory
of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m.
in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.
The keynote address will be among a series of
related activities scheduled before, during and after the
national Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.
The public is invited. Admission is free to the
events except for a "Remembrance Feast" scheduled for
Tuesday, Jan. 22.
The Jan. 21 program will feature the theme "One
Person Can Make a Difference: Becoming an Agent of Change."
The keynote lecturer will be Diane Nash, who was active in
the civil rights movement in the 1960s.
The service will also feature the Hope College
Gospel Choir. A candlelight prayer will follow the service,
as will a reception in the lower level of Dimnent Memorial
Nash's work is discussed in more than 30 books, in
three hour-long television documentaries, and in numerous
magazine and newspaper articles. She has appeared on
"Oprah," "Today," the Spike Lee film "Four Little Girls" and
the award-winning Public Broadcasting series "Eyes on the
Prize: America's Civil Rights Years - 1954 to 1965.
Nash became involved in the non-violent civil
rights movement in 1959, when she was a student at Fisk
University. In 1960, she chaired the student sit-in
movement in Nashville, Tenn., the first southern city to
desegregate its lunch counters, and was one of the founding
students of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.
She coordinated the Freedom Ride, from Birmingham,
Ala., to Jackson, Miss., in 1961. Also in 1961, she was
director of the action arm of the Student Nonviolent
Coordinating Committee (SNCC).
In addition, Nash was appointed by President John
F. Kennedy to a national committee that promoted passage of
the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
From 1961 to 1965, she was a field staff member,
organizer, strategist, race relations staff member and
workshop instructor for the Southern Christian Leadership
Conference (SCLC). She was one of two people who
conceptualized and did the initial strategy for the Selma
Right-To-Vote movement, and also participated in its
development until its conclusion. For their work, she and
her co-strategist received SCLC's highest award for 1965,
which was presented by the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
She was arrested for her civil rights activities
many times throughout the South. She was in jail in
Jackson, Miss., while pregnant with her first child in 1961,
and also served 30 days in jail in Rock Hill, S.C.
In addition, Nash was an activist in the peace
movement that worked to end the Vietnam War. She was also
an instructor in the philosophy and strategy of nonviolence
as developed by Gandhi in India.
The keynote address on Jan. 21 will be preceded
and followed by several other events.
On Thursday, Jan. 17, Dr. Lamin Sanneh, professor
of history at Yale University, will present "United We Stand
Divided We Fall-Faith and Learning" in the Maas Center
auditorium at 11 a.m. The talk will be delivered as the
college's Pew Faith and Learning Lecture. Admission is
The "Collegiate Gospel Fest 2002" will be
presented on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 1 p.m. in Dimnent
Memorial Chapel. The event will feature the Gospel Choirs
of Michigan State University, Calvin College, Grand Valley
State University and Hope. Admission is free.
The "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance Feast"
will be presented on Tuesday, Jan. 22, from 4:30 p.m. until
6:30 p.m. in Phelps Hall and Cook Dining Hall. The feast
will offer a time of reflection on the civil rights
movement. Admission is free for Hope faculty, staff and
students with an ID, and $5 for the public, payable at the
On Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m., "Roots
Celebrating 25 Years: The Saga of an American Classic" will
examine the legacy and impact of the mini-series "Roots."
The event will feature a film and audience discussion, and
will be presented in the Maas Center auditorium. Admission
In addition, the college's Chapel service on
Friday, Jan. 18, will feature "Perfecting Praise," the Maple
Avenue Ministries Gospel Choir; the service on Monday, Jan.
21, will feature Denise Grier, a student at Western
Theological Seminary, and the Hope College Gospel Choir; and
the service on Wednesday, Jan. 23, will feature C.J. Grier,
director of the Hope College Gospel Choir. Each half-hour
Chapel service will be presented in Dimnent Memorial Chapel
beginning at 10:30 a.m. Admission is free.
Additional information about the keynote address
and the other events may be obtained either by calling the
college's Office of Multicultural Life at (616) 395-7867 or
at the office's web site, www.hope.edu/multicultural.